Participant Information

This research has received ethical approval from the University of Leeds School of Psychology Ethics Committee, PSYC-454 (10/02/22). 

Childhood Experiences and Daily Behaviours

We would like to invite you to take part in a research study on childhood experiences, daily stress and thoughts, and eating attitudes and behaviours. Before you decide whether to participate, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take the time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.

Part 1 tells you the purpose of the study and gives a summary of what will happen if you take part.

Part 2 gives you more detailed information about the conduct of the study.

Part 1

What is the purpose of the project?

The current study aims to understand how past life events (childhood experiences) affect daily wellbeing and influence responses to eating attitudes and behaviours.

Individuals who have experienced adverse life events have been found to respond differently to stressful situations and display different attitudes and health behaviours, compared to those who have not experienced any adverse life events.

Using a daily diary approach, this study will aim to investigate how people respond to stressful events and thoughts that occur in daily life, and how these relate to eating attitudes and behaviours.


Why have I been chosen?

You are reading this information sheet because you responded to an advertisement for the research opportunity. If you are aged 18 years old or over and fluent in English, you will be eligible to take part in the study.


Do I have to take part?

Taking part in this research is entirely voluntary. It is up to you to decide whether or not you wish to take part.

You will be able to withdraw from the study at any point if you choose to and will not be required to give a reason.


What do I have to do/what will happen to me if I take part?

The entire study will be carried out online, by you in your home environment. It will involve you completing a background questionnaire about your early life experiences, personality and eating attitudes. Following this, you will complete a brief online diary once per day, at the end of each day (which will take approximately 5 minutes), for seven consecutive days.


What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

There is a small risk that due to the personal nature of some of the questions that parts of this study may be upsetting. You may experience some negative emotions when answering these questions. Though these emotions are normal, if you feel your mental health has worsened whilst taking part in this study, you should withdraw and seek support from one of the confidential services on the list of contacts that you can access by clicking here. In urgent scenarios you should contact your GP.

It is also important that you are aware you are free to stop at any time should you feel upset or distressed, and that you do not have to answer any questions you do not wish to.

If you do not feel comfortable answering any of the questions, please feel free to wtihdraw from the study.

It may also be inconvenient for you to give up your time and to follow the study guidelines by completing a 5-minute questionnaire once per day. Therefore, you should think carefully about how you will feel taking part and if you are able to commit to completing the consecutive seven days. However, it is important to remember that if you agree to take part you can withdraw at any point without having to explain your reasons.


What are the benefits of taking part?

Whilst there are no immediate benefits, the findings from the study will help contribute to our understanding of the factors associated with the health outcomes and behaviours of adults who have experienced adverse experiences in childhood. In addition, the findings might help develop important health interventions in the future.

There is the benefit of being entered into a prize draw to win one of several Amazon vouchers, should you complete the baseline questionnaire and all 7 daily-diary questionnaires.


What happens to the data collected and is it confidential?

Yes. All data collected is completely anonymous and confidential, and your responses cannot be linked to you.


Will I receive anything for taking part?

As a thank you for your time and participation for completing the entire study, you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of several Amazon vouchers (worth between £5 and £50).

If the information in Part 1 has interested you and you are considering participation, please read the additional information in Part 2 before making any decision.

Part 2

What will I have to do if I take part?

You will be asked to complete an initial 15-minute baseline questionnaire online. You will also be asked to complete a brief online diary, once per day at the end of the day, lasting 5 minutes, for the following 7 days to reflect on your stress, thoughts, and eating each day.


What happens to the data collected and is it confidential?

All the information collected during the course of the study will be kept strictly confidential. After completing a consent form, you will be assigned a unique study identity code and all data will be recorded using this code. All personal information, such as your email, will be held separately to your answers and cannot be linked to your responses. The data collected will only be used for research purposes, and individual participants will not be identifiable in any reports or publications.


What will happen if I don’t want to continue?

If at any point during the study you no longer wish to continue, you are free to withdraw without having to give an explanation for your reasons. If you decide not to continue during the course of the study, we ask that you inform the researchers (via email). We may wish to use the data you provide up until the point you drop out, however you also have the right to withdraw all your data up to 2 weeks after you finish taking part in the study.

For more information on how your information is used for research within the University of Leeds, please see the following:


Who is organising and funding the research?

The research is being undertaken at the University of Leeds. There are no funding bodies included in this research.


Who has reviewed this study?

All research is reviewed and approved by the School of Psychology Ethics Committee to protect your interests and wellbeing.


Who can I contact for further information?

If you have any remaining questions regarding your participation, you can contact the researcher, Amy Willgoose using the following contact details:

Amy Willgoose - /


Or you can contact the principal supervisor Professor Daryl O’Connor using the following contact details:

Daryl O’Connor – / 0113 3435727


If you have any questions or concerns regarding ethical procedures relating to this study, please contact the Chair of the Psychology Ethics Committee, by post at:

School of Psychology, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT

Or telephone: +44 (0) 113 343 7247

Finally, thank you for taking the time to read this information. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to ask.